Moscow, October 11 - Neftegaz.RU. The Turkish Stream gas pipeline project will supply gas from 2 pipelines as of January 1, 2020, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said.
In an interview with Rossiya 24, Novak said that negotiations are still ongoing over the route options for the 2nd pipeline with all concerned countries in agreement on the project’s route map. «We have different options. The 1st route is through Greece to Italy. And the 2nd option is to stretch this pipeline to Serbia, Hungary and Austria through Bulgaria,» he said, adding, «Our priority is to stretch the 2nd pipeline through Bulgaria to Austria.»
He explained that with the project progressing on schedule, «the project may start to supply gas as of Jan. 1, 2020 with a capacity of 31.5 billion m3 (bcm) from 2 pipelines.» Alexey Miller, CEO of Gazprom, also said in a statement last week that the construction of the offshore part of the TurkStream project would be completed in 2 months.
The TurkStream project is an export gas pipeline, which will not only span across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey but will further extend to Turkey’s borders with neighboring countries. TurkStream’s 1st line will carry 15.7 bcm of natural gas to Turkey. The project will have a capacity of 31.5 bcm with the 2nd line that will go to Europe.